Saturday, September 17, 2016

IS THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER RACIST?

There is a current concerted effort to trash The Star-Spangled Banner & thereby become ashamed of it, and as a side note ashamed of being American. They are wrongly claiming that our national anthem is racist. DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE WHO SAY SUCH THINGS. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Please read this and arm yourself with the truth:

The Star-Spangled Banner is NOT a racist anthem, and it is NOT speaking of the stereotypical “black slave”.  Do not believe such claims and please, do your own studying and researching of first-hand or second-hand sources. On average, anything written after 1900 cannot be trusted (it is mostly revised, rewritten History after that point, whether by design or by oversight). 


First of all - While the the Star-Spangled Banner did not become “officially proclaimed” as the national anthem until 1931, it certainly began to be sung right away for all patriotic events as the “unofficial” anthem. That is WHY they made it the national anthem, because no other song was so popular and loved and sung at every patriotic event. 

 "The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C §301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover. 

Secondly, the "hiring and slave" is NOT referring AT ALL so slavery. The 'hireling' refers to the Germans whom the British hired to come help them fight against the colonies, as many of the British naval midshipmen were tied up in France fighting that war. The 'slave' was in reference to the AMERICAN NAVAL MIDSHIPMEN (not the slaves!) who were captured and then forced to work on the British naval ships/frigates, as slaves, to fight against their own nation!!

No, most emphatically The Star-Spangled Banner has not one iota of “racism” or “slave hater” to it. Far from it! Key was sad that even though the German hirelings and the American (patriotic) “slaves” were still on the ships/frigates, there was nothing the Americans could do about it. The war must go on, even though by bombing the British fleet the Americans knew they were also bombing their own patriots. Thus, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”. How sad and heart-wrenching is THAT!? THAT is what Francis Scott Key was MOURNING. Not “celebrating slavery”. Let us set our minds back on true history please, and stop today’s “racism alarmism” which is becoming all too epidemic. Stop believing that racism is such a big problem still. It’s not, unless we make it so. Yes, it a serious problem, and yes it will FOREVER exist (so long as human nature and Earth exists) but it NO WHERE NEAR the numbers/percentages that the media is trying to make your believe it is. Do not trust the media. Do your own study. Trust me, it will take years of serious digging before a person starts to see the real truth come together like a long-forgotten puzzle, as well as to finally understand how very truly that there are forces out there trying to bring us down by feeding us lies. Don’t swallow them! It’s worth the time you put into the research. Start today!




Here is the real meaning of all four original and patriotic verses:
(found at this source


VERSE 1
 
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 1
  • The flag that flew over the fort was enormous. The commander of Fort Henry, Important George Armistead had commissioned Mary Pickersgill to make "a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance"
  • The flag could be seen from several miles away and Francis Scott Key was saying that it could be seen in the last light before nightfall and the first light at dawn
  • The 'perilous fight' was the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812
  • The Star Spangled Banner was streaming over the ramparts (battlements) of the fort
  • The "rocket's red glare" and the "bombs bursting" used alliteration to describe the cannon fire pounding from the British navy and the cannons firing from the fort (one of the ships was armed with a rocket launcher)
  • The angry red glow from the cannon fire enabled Americans to see their Star Spangled Banner was still flying - the British had not captured the fort and hoisted the Union Jack
  • The Star Spangled Banner was waving over the 'land of the free' - a reference to the fight for Independence that had resulted in freedom from the tyranny of the British
  • The 'home of the brave' lyrics reflect the heroic exploits of Americans to defend their country
  • The War of 1812 was popularly known as the 'Second War for Independence'
 
VERSE 2
 
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 2
  • Francis Scott Key was describing the perspective from the land as American looked out to hazy images of the British ships
  • The 'foe's haughty host' lyrics describe the vessels of the arrogant British
  • The lyrics 'dread silence reposes' express the view of the ships that look quiet and still as if resting, but are actually a hive of terrifying activity
  • Francis Scott Key describes the high vertical position of the flag over Fort Henry in the lyrics 'o'er the towering steep' and the movement of the flag blowing in the wind, concealing then revealing the Star Spangled Banner
  • The sun comes out and clearly shines on the Star Spangled Banner, 'in full glory' lyrics express the grandeur of the flag and a religious connotation
  • Francis Scott Key almost makes the Star Spangled Banner lyrics 'cheer' using the patriotic words "Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
 
VERSE 3
 
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 3
  • Francis Scott Key describes the British as arrogant and boastful in the lyrics 'that band who so vauntingly swore'
  • He is venting his anger at the British with the "foul footsteps' pollution" lyrics inferring that the British poisoned the ground on which they walked
  • But the poison and corruption had been washed away by the blood of the British
  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics "the hireling " refers to the British use of Mercenaries (German Hessians) in the American War of Independence
  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics "...and slave" is a direct reference to the British practice of Impressment (kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on British man-of war ships). This was a Important cause of the War of 1812
  • Francis Scott Key then describes the Star Spangled Banner as a symbol of triumph over all adversity
  • Most times today, verse 3 is replaced by a 5th verse written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. that goes:
When our land is illumined with liberty's smile, If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory, Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile The flag of the stars, and the page of her story! By the millions unchained, Who their birthright have gained We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained; And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, While the land of the free is the home of the brave.
The reason most people replace it is because verse 3 has “slaves” in it, and today’s average person does not understand History nor the English language enough to know what it really means. So they assume it is referring somehow to the idea that slavery was a positive thing back then (which it was not) and that the lyrics mean the hireling (which they don’t know who that is) and the slave cannot run away and hide, but that they will be found and killed. (ignorant, I know, but people today actually think that.)
 
 
VERSE 4
 
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 4
  • Pride and Patriotism is the theme of the last verse
  • Francis Scott Key uses emotive words such as 'freeman', 'home', 'blest', 'victory', 'triumph', 'conquer' and 'peace' in the Star Spangled Banner lyrics
  • He was a deeply religious man and his words reflect his belief that God was on the side of the Americans
  • He refers to the American nation and fighting for a just cause
  • The words "In God is our trust" combines the concepts of religion and patriotism and are believed to be the origin of the official motto of the United States "In God we trust". The unofficial motto of 'E pluribus unum' which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created in 1782

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for this info. Im canadian by the way, but I do like learning history. Along with other hehe stuff. But this has been an eye opener. On a side note I dont err didnt think the anthem was racist, but others sure do. Good luck I hope this gets more attention.